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Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 10/14/17

Have you heard the horrible news?! After many long years, Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti are leaving Harley Quinn! Say it ain’t so, you guys! I’m going to miss you! Don’t worry, I’ll stick with you all the way to the end!

Unfortunately, we don’t have a new issue of Harley Quinn this week! Instead we’ve got some truly awesome issues of Amazing Spider-Man, Detective Comics, Mister Miracle, Runaways and more! And I’m very pleased to award Comic Book of the Week to the latest issue of Ms. Marvel, which settles back into basics and delvers a super fun issue!

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DC released a new issue of their Metal Event this week and it’s OK, but I’m not particularly liking it. There’s an artifice to the whole thing that’s turning me off. Like, Scott Snyder and DC are trying too hard to fit this into old bits of DC continuity, and that falls flat when the story is so basic. It’s just a bunch of evil alternate reality Batmans, and we’re told that the world has been completely conquered. I think the scope is just too big for what they’re giving this story and too much is being hammered into place just to be clever. No thank you.

Comic Reviews: Amazing Spider-Man #789, Detective Comics #966, Mister Miracle #3, Ms. Marvel #23, Runaways #2 and Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #25.

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Runaways Trailer Needs Some Work

I’m looking forward to the Runaways TV show. It’s a great comic and a good story premise, and everything we’ve seen so far has it out to be a solid show. It looks like they’re going to stick pretty close to the real comic.

But that trailer is pretty crummy. It’s crumpled and, I think, fails to get the basic premise across. How does that even happen? We’re living in a Golden Age of movie trailers. Marvel couldn’t get somebody to do better work on that thing?

Runaways comes out on Hulu on November 21.


Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 9/16/17

So, uh, comics, hey? Some came out this week! I read them, enjoyed them and have written up a couple reviews! Everybody likes those, right? Sorry, I’m a little distracted this weekend! But I still love comics.

Comic Book of the Week goes to the new issue of Mister Miracle. Whatever writer Tom King is building here, I think it’s going to be good!

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Domestic bliss

The second issue of DC’s Metal event came out this week, and it was fun. They do a great job tying a lot of recent Batman stories together, reaching all the way back to Final Crisis and The Return of Bruce Wayne. But in the end, I think it’s all a little silly. Like, they go to all this trouble and establish a Batman story that supposedly stretches to every conceivable corner of the DC Universe…and it’s all about just bringing a bunch of evil, multidimensional Batman to Earth to fight everybody.

Eh, not impressed. So far.

Comic Reviews: Hulk #10, Mister Miracle #2, Ms. Marvel #22, Runaways #1 and Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #24.

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Runaways Already Disappoints Me

I don’t ask for a lot. But no sooner do I make a list of the things I want to see in the upcoming Runaways TV show than Marvel Studios violates one of my requests! I was hoping that Marvel would recast actor Linda Louise Duan as Tina Minoru after she had a brief, mostly cut cameo in the Doctor Strange movie. I thought it would be a neat bit of continuity.

Instead, Marvel has cast actor Brittany Ishibashi as Tina Minoru in their upcoming show.


I’m sure she’s fine

You can check out the entire casting list for the villainous Pride at TVline.

I’m sure Ishibashi will do a fine job, but man, I was really hoping for that awesome movie to TV casting continuity!

Maybe Duan should fire her agent.


A Runaways TV Show is Apparently Totally Happening!

To the surprise of a lot of people, Marvel randomly and apropos of nothing announced the casting of the upcoming Runaways TV show! It’s going to be on Hulu, apparently! And Marvel being awesome, seems like they’re casting the Runaways as comics accurately as they can! All the characters are here!


This is really happening!

From left to right, we’ve got Rhenzy Feliz as Alex Wilder, Lyrica Okano as Nico Minoru, Virginia Gardner as Karolina Dean, Ariela Barer as Gert Yorkes, Gregg Sulkin as Chase Stein and Allegra Acosta as Molly Hernandez!

I don’t recognize any of these actors, but that shouldn’t be too scary. If Marvel trusts them then I totally trust them!

You can read a better description of all the characters, and some of the actors’ credits, at the Marvel announcement article.

Also, Runaways creator Brian K. Vaughn will be an executive consultant on the show, so that’s pretty neat. He’s a great writer and has a lot of experience with TV shows.

So yeah, this is pretty neat. I look forward to the show whenever it premieres. And personally, I hope that Marvel somehow keeps the Minoru family continuity from the Doctor Strange movie. That would just be insanely cool.

Oh, also, Marvel casted Cloak and Dagger a few days ago too. So clearly somebody’s burning the midnight oil in the TV division.


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